Systems Thinking Vocabulary

First Principles

First Principles Thinking is a means to challenge assumptions and solve complex problems by breaking them down into their most basic elements and reassembling them from the ground up.


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First principle Thinking arose from mathematics and has impacted scientific fields more broadly. It has some similarities to Occam’s Razor in terms of identifying the simplest solutions; and has inspirations from the Scientific Method in terms of identifying and testing assumptions. Be sure to explore the Feynman Technique as a practical way to apply First Principles as a habit. (

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